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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Mary Paluba

Mary V. Paluba (Kostrisak)

June 7, 1922 - June 18, 2019
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Mary (Kostrisak) Paluba, 97, passed away peacefully at her home in Canton, CT on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. She is survived by her children: Marilyn Paluba of Rosemont, PA; and her son, Stephen Paluba Jr. and his spouse Sandra Paluba of Cromwell, CT. She also leaves her brother John Kostrisak of Avon, CT and many nieces and nephews.

Born on June 7, 1922 in Burlington, CT Mary was a life-long member of St. Patrick’s Church in Collinsville, CT. As a first generation American, she was the daughter of Anna and Andro Kostrisak, who emigrated from Slovakia. At the age of four, her father died and she became part of a new blended family with her mother Anna, carrying on many of the Slovak traditions as the family lived through the depression and World War II.

Mary is predeceased by her beloved husband Stephen (Steve) Paluba Sr. of 48 years until his death in 1984. With Steve she raised two children and stayed home until she began a “temporary” job at Aetna that lasted for more than 30 years.

After her retirement she kept active with her family and friends at the Ladies Guild, Canton Senior Center, Aetna Retiree (39’ers) Club, Red Hat Society, and as a greeter at Canton Intermediate School, mustering even bad weather to welcome students on Friday mornings. Mary will be remembered by these students for her smile and by others for her incredible work ethic, her skill as a baker and her special holiday meals with traditional Pierogis and Kolache made the way her mother prepared them.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mary is predeceased by her stepfather Joseph Hatala of Burlington, CT; sister Betty Majersky of Bristol, CT; sister and brother-in-law, Anna and Jack Liptak of Feeding Hills MA; sister and brother-in-law, Sophie and Felix DeFronzo of Collinsville, CT; brother and sister-in-law, Joseph and Josephine Hatala of Canton, CT; sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Louis Liptak of Feeding Hills, MA; and sister-in-law Jenny Kostrisak of Avon, CT.

Mary’s family would like to extend a special thanks to Cindy Ebanks and Mary’s caregivers at the New England Nightingales Home Care Service, particularly Elaine El-Amin and Diana Coombs, for their tremendous care and support which allowed her to remain at home as her health declined. Mary’s family would also like to express their appreciation to the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association team for their guidance and support. Finally, thank you to the members of St. Patrick’s church for their visits that Mary enjoyed and looked forward to each week.

Friends may call at Vincent Funeral Home, 120 Albany Turnpike in Canton, CT on Sunday, June 23rd from 3:00 until 6:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 24th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, 50 Church Street in Collinsville, CT. Burial will follow immediately at Calvary Cemetery in Collinsville, CT. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made in Mary’s name to the Farmington Valley Visiting Nurse Association at www.farmingtonvalleyvna.org . Condolences to the family can left in her Book of Memories at www.vincentfuneralhome.com.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    June 23, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    When
    June 23, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Location
    Vincent Funeral Home - Canton
    Address
    120 Albany Turnpike
    Canton, CT 06019
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  • Service

    June 24, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    June 24, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    St. Patrick's Church
    Address
    50 Church Street
    Collinsville, CT 06019
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    Officiant
    Rev. Collins Anaeche
  • Interment

    Location
    Calvary Cemetery
    Address
    Collins Road
    Collinsville, CT 06022
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Sophie Sopelak

Posted at 03:28pm
Beautiful service for Mary today at St Patrick's Church. The music was exceptional and Marilyn's eulogy so heartwarming!
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Antonette Molson

Posted at 08:37am
I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Mary from the Aetna. I was right out of college and moved to Hartford area that I knew nothing about. Mary stepped right up to be a friend and provide advise on work and life, loved it! She was so sweet as she would hop in my car at the corner so I could park in the commuter lot. She would laugh as if we were Thelma and Louise. Many left wonderful memories of her smile and kindness.
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Barbara Natarajan

Posted at 10:36am
I had the pleasure of working with Mary at Aetna. It was over 20 years of friendship.
We also enjoy the Ladies Club and Retirees 39’s. We also took trips to NYC for
Christmas Show at Radio City and many Broadway Shows. Mary was a wonderful friend
and have many fond memories. Diane and Maria also loved working with Mary.
Rejoice in her wonderful life. Blessings to Marilyn and Steven at this time.
My sympathy on the passing of your dear mother.

Denise Connolly

Posted at 09:06pm
We were so sorry to hear of Mary's passing. My mother, Norma Colgan, was a good friend and colleague of hers at Aetna for 25 years. She was a lovely lady and will never forget the good times with her, especially at the Aetna Retiree (39'ers) Club. She wishes she could be at her services, but is unable to attend. She had a serious fall a few months ago, and although she has recovered well, is still very difficult to get around without assistance. Please accept our deepest sympathies and know she will walk with God.
MR

Muriel Roux

Posted at 09:04am
Sincere sympathy to the family of Mary Paluba. I worked at the Aetna for many years along with Mary. She was a wonderful lady who loved her family. I can still remember her sweet little laugh around the lunch table. May she Rest In Peace, Muriel Roux.
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